Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Medical update for the husband

Alrighty! The time has come. He has FINALLY finished his 6 weeks of radiation. We are pretty darn excited about that to say the least. He's definitely still feeling the effects of it but still sooo much less harsh on him than chemo or chemo AND radiation.

The next step is surgery. We have his pre-op appointment scheduled for August 11th in Seattle. Hopefully, this means surgery will be the following day. One thing we've learned through all of this is to take what we get and not expect anything more. We have the pre-op date. On that date, we will get his surgery date. We don't know how long we will be gone. Heck, we don't even know how long he'll have to be in the hospital post-op. But... we have a date.

We are realizing more and more how incredibly blessed we are. The prayers are most definitely being answered. We have some seriously amazing family members who are letting us stay with them for a bit when we get down to Seattle AND borrow a car. We had hoped to be able to stay in that family friend's condo that we stayed in last time, but it isn't going to be available. After the initial panic, we regrouped and found an incredible deal on a hotel thanks to the hospital's promo code. We have booked the hotel for one week. We are SOOO hoping that somehow we will be asking them to cut our stay short because we are given the okay to go home sooner than that. However, there is still a good chance, we will be stuck there for quite awhile longer.

We are so thankful for everyone out there who has loved us, supported us, helped us, and prayed for us throughout all of this. We aren't done yet so please don't stop sending prayers our way.

Oh and another bonus, my mom is going to be with us in Seattle for that week of surgery. :)

It is going to be a good week. I've already decided :). We are going to see some family, eat good food, and I've also decided we will get only FANTASTIC news from the doctors. And it would really help if Isaiah doesn't have to stay in the hospital very long. He gets a little antsy and cranky. He likes to threaten to walk out.

If we somehow are able to come home the following weekend, we will be home in time for my anatomy ultrasound. I will definitely re-schedule if necessary though because this surgery and time in Seattle is obviously more important right now. We need to get him healthy so that he can start healing before baby makes an appearance in January. :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

13 week ultrasound

I went in today and got to have a pretty cool ultrasound. The doctor was looking for any causes for concern. Thankfully they said that everything looks great. They still do see the small spot that was likely causing the previous spotting, but even with no spotting over the past week, the bleed has gotten much smaller. My next appointment isn't for another 6 weeks! :( It was supposed to be scheduled during my 18th week but the ultrasound dr is out of town that week so I have to wait an extra week.

During the appointment we also asked for his best guesstimate on the gender. It's still fairly early but I've heard with this new fancy machine, he's been REALLY good at giving early guesses. AND his guess is at least based on some science not just a random feeling. He guessed that the baby is a girl.

Since I still won't know for sure for 6 more weeks, I thought it might be fun to check out some of the  old wives tales to see what they say. I picked 10 to try. Here we go....
  • Carrying high or low: low so far - boy
  • Baby's heart rate over or under 14: Over - girl
  • Skin breaking out - yes - girl
  • Nausea: yes - girl
  • Craving salty or sweet: salty - boy
  • Legs more or less hairy: less - girl
  • Husband have more brothers or sisters: brothers - boy
  • Feet colder or warmer: colder - boy
  • Chest bigger: YES - boy

More clumsy than before: no - girl

That brings us to 5 votes for girl and 5 votes for boy... So for the tie breaker.
  •  Chinese gender chart: girl
So far the doctor and random old wives tales point toward girl, but really it's all pretty darn close. Here are the pics that I got today :)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

13 week update

•How far along? 13 weeks today
•Due date: January 11, 2015
•Baby is about the size of a peach 
•Symptoms: Fatigue and nausea are getting MUCH better but both definitely still hit me from time to time. Still nauseous in the mornings but sooo much better. Ever growing sore boobs. I had to buy new bras at like 9 weeks. Peeing alllll the time. Hungry about every 2 hours. 
•Cravings: Salty and savory foods and then anything fresh like fruits and veggies (I assume to counteract all of the salt). I'm normally big into sweets too. I'm not known to pass up a cupcake but lately, I'd rather have some buffalo chicken pasta!
•Bump? Not really. Which makes me sad. Some days I look like I have a full on bump but it's just bloat. Other days I just look like I've eaten too much for dinner. For now it is my baby bloat belly. Can't wait for it to turn into my full on baby bump. 
•Maternity clothes: Heck yes! I can still wear my non-maternity clothes but I can't stand anything even semi fitted on my stomach. And have you ever tried on maternity pants?! Those things are comfortable!!!
•Stretch marks: Not yet
•Belly button in or out: In
•Kicks? Not yet... I know that can take a little while especially since this is my first (well 5th pregnancy but this is the furthest I've ever been). 
•Gender: Don't know yet. My mom thinks boy due to how active the baby seems in ultrasounds and my cravings. Both are very similar to her pregnancy with my brother. Most others say girl. Right now hubby and I just want a healthy baby. We would be thrilled with either. 
•Looking forward to: Another ultrasound on Tuesday and eventually finding out the gender. I hate waiting! I'm going to ask my dr about the cost of the blood test to determine gender. At least that means less waiting and 100% accuracy. Oh and looking forward to an actually baby bump haha. 
•Sleep: Better than it was the first few months. Still can't sleep in very late but as long as I sleep well at night, I'm okay with that. 
•Miss anything: Laying on my right side, real coffee, turkey sandwich, this amazing blue cheese salad at a local restaurant, and a local brewery makes a raspberry wheat beer and an apple ale... together they are delicious. All totally worth it though. 

So far this is where I'm at. I can't wait to go in on Tuesday and get another look at the baby. Hopefully all is looking good still. I am just so amazed that I've hit 13 weeks. I seriously wondered if that would ever be possible.